Fonterra unites Malaysia-New Zealand flavours to celebrate 60 years of friendship

To commemorate 60 years of Malaysia-New Zealand diplomatic ties in conjunction with Merdeka Day, Fonterra Brands Malaysia demonstrated two unique fusion dishes – Roti Jala with New Zealand Lamb Tandoori and Kiwi Venison Rendang Meat Pie with Potatoes and Mushroom – to showcase the iconic flavours of both countries.

Developed by chefs from Fonterra’s foodservices division Anchor Food Professionals, the dishes represent the harmonious and long-standing friendship between Malaysia and New Zealand, as well as Fonterra’s commitment to provide the best dairy nutrition to Malaysians through leading brands such as Anlene, Fernleaf, Anmum (Materna, Essential and Lacta) and Anchor.

His Excellency Dr John Subritzky, New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, highlighted the significance of this 60-year milestone and Fonterra’s role as a leading dairy nutrition provider in Malaysia.

“Malaysia is a key partner to New Zealand – we have long enjoyed robust trade relations, and Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter and New Zealand’s largest investor in Malaysia, plays an important part in this relationship.

“Since its establishment in Malaysia more than 40 years ago, Fonterra has focused on promoting the health and wellbeing of Malaysians by sharing the goodness of New Zealand dairy locally,” said Dr Subritzky.

Mr Jose Miguel Porraz Lando, Managing Director of Fonterra Brands Malaysia and Singapore, emphasised the importance of innovation in meeting the ever-changing needs of today’s consumers.

“Dairy has been proven to be a great source of nutrition, and we take pride in providing Malaysians with high quality dairy nutrition from New Zealand.

“By showcasing the versatility of dairy through our recipes and demonstrations, we hope to inspire Malaysian consumers to incorporate more dairy in their everyday cooking and lives, and enjoy the nutritional benefits milk brings,” said Mr Porraz Lando.

He added that Malaysian consumers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their tastes and expectations, and seek to elevate their home cooking experience.

“Malaysians today are more discerning than ever when it comes to food, which is why we are continuously innovating to strengthen the Anchor range of products and help consumers recreate restaurant quality food at home.”

The two dishes were made with ingredients from New Zealand and Malaysia, as well as Anchor and Anlene products.

The Roti Jala with New Zealand Lamb Tandoori transformed the traditional pancake by filling and rolling it with tandoori-spiced New Zealand lamb, which had been marinated with Anlene plain yoghurt to retain its juiciness.

Inspired by New Zealand’s iconic meat pies, the Kiwi Venison Rendang Meat Pie with Potatoes and Mushroom is made with a Venison Rendang filling, as well as a generous dose of dairy with Anchor Extra Yield Cream, Anchor Unsalted Butter, Anchor Colby and Cheddar cheeses and Anchor Mozzarella Shredded Cheese.